Big Ben: Ovechkin’s Bender, T.O. Snubs a Snub, Mets Yankees Ideal Trade Partners

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Stamford, CT: Here I go here I go here I go again, girls what’s my weakness? Sorry, I was thinking about something else. We’ve got some fun stuff on tap, including; an Alexander Ovechkin Cup Bender for the Ages, T.O. Snubbing the H.O.F. Snubbers, and the Yankees and Mets glaring trade compatibility. Let’s get to it.

Ovi’s Legendary Bender

Much to the chagrin of Angry Ward, I was the first to kick the Ovechkin/Russian/Collusion jokes on MTM way back on May 15th. But I hereby recant. Judging by the Great 8’s post Cup behavior, that guy is an American now. He hasn’t chugged from a catfish yet, as far as I know, but he’s having a blast.

Does anyone else get to hold the Cup?

It’s good to see guy a man enjoying his long awaited arrival in the promised land after so many years in the dessert. Then embark on an epic bender. Hank Lundqvist could never pull it off.

T.O. is Right, Screw the HOF

Gary Myers said he would not have voted for Terrell Owens for the Hall of Fame if he’d known T.O. wasn’t going to show up for the induction ceremony. Owens has more receiving yards and TDs than any other WR in the Hall of Fame not named Jerry Rice.

I was not a fan, but I’m not an idiot (don’t ask my wife). Owens is a first ballot H.O.F.’er. He had six Pro Bowls and nine 1,000 yard seasons. The fact that he didn’t make the top 10 in voting in his first year of eligibility is lunacy.

Myers argued that his locker room disruptiveness should be taken into account in the voting. Fine. But not attending the ceremony? Come on. Why does everyone have to act like a Mean Girl Trump little baby these days? He was one of the best ever and should have been voted in immediately.

Legarrette brings his package of skills to Detroit

If the Mets Had an Average Offense…

Has anyone checked Todd Frazier’s bat? It’s one thing to hit one handed, off balance home runs over the short porch at Yankee Stadium, but his game winner on Sunday night didn’t look like it should have gone 380 feet.

Anyhoo, the Mets can pitch. Their starting pitchers had an ERA of just over 2 during an 8 game losing streak. That’s hard to do. They shut out the Yankees powerful offense for 9 innings twice in the series but only came away with one win. I’m no Sabermathematician, but I think I’ve identified the problem.

Only the Marlins and Orioles have scored fewer runs than the Mets. If the Mets can find any kind of offense, they could get into the Wild Care race.

Ideal Trade Partners

Deep undercover for Putin

But let’s say they are not in contention ahead of the deadline. With Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard, the Mets have two coveted aces who could bring in a big haul from a Yankees team flush with prospects. With the Yankees light on starting pitching and frothing at the bit to get past Houston, this is a perfect match.

Both players are under team control for a few more years, so the Yankees would likely be willing to part with a few good prospects. No, not Gleyber. But deGrom probably cut his hair to let the Yankees know he was keen to come over.

I know it’s unlikely to happen. Hell, the Mets wouldn’t even throw Lucas Duda to the Yankees last season, and he might have done more harm than good. But this year it makes so much sense.

Trim that stubble and you’ll be ready for the Bronx, Jake

The veteran hitters Sandy Anderson brought in have not worked out and Cespedes’s hamstrings are going the way of David Wright’s shoulder. If Sandy Anderson can’t get it done, it might be time to make a move.

The Mets will try to squeeze the Yankees, if they even get to the table, as they need to stock the pond with young talent. A three player package highlighted by Clint Frazier and other top 10 or 15 Yankee prospects seems quite doable.

Side note: this is the second time Tanaka has hurt his hamstrings running at Citi Field. What’s up with that place? Tanaka should strike out on purpose from now on.

Come back tomorrow for Angry Ward, whose celebration of the Warriors’ title was only slightly more subdued than Ovi’s Cup BenderFollow us on Twitter at @BenWhit8, @MeetTheMatts, @Matt_McCarthy00, Instagram @MeetTheMatts and like our Facebook page, Meet The Matts.

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Ben Whitney comes from journalistic stock. Aside from his brothers, rumor has that his great-great grandfather was the youngest brother of Eli Whitney and covered the earliest "rounders" games. Big Ben is also another New York Rugby Club player/pal of Different Matt, Short Matt and Junoir Blaber. He likes film noir discussions, has twin girls and took up ice hockey after retiring from rugby.

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